Dr. Love is the island's and possibly
the world's greatest authority on just about everything. The Doctor
answers questions on just about anything except religion and politics.
Persons needing additional assistance or counseling should contact the
Family Services Division at
You may write to the Doctor at P.O. Box 35, San Pedro
Town, Belize, fax 026-2905 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Dr. Love,
From time to time you have expounded on sand fleas,
explaining their tastes and mating habits. Could you enlighten us
semi-tourists on the life styles of these miniscule ants that often
appear around the house? This winter they arrived marching in on a ray of
sunshine on the floor and I thought "How cute!" But now I feel them
crawling all over me in bed and when I watch TV. They seem to like the
bathroom sink, too and will always find a tiny crumb that I haven't
cleaned off the kitchen counter. What to
/s/ S. T.
The tiny ants are great weather forecasters because
they can sense changes in the atmosphere nearly as fast as a barometric
pressure gauge. When they invade, it usually means that rain is on its
way. On a cloudless day when there is no rain in sight if you see the
ants you can bet that it will be raining in a day or two. Cockroaches are
also great weather predictors. When they start flying around inside your
house it will rain soon.
Dear Doctor Love,
My best friend married a man from another country
right after high school and she moved away with him. That was more than
five years ago and last summer they came here to visit for a month. Her
husband and I fell in love with each other and had an affair that lasted
the whole time they were here and we have been writing to each other
secretly. Now he tells me that they are coming to visit again this year.
He wants to talk to me about divorcing his wife and marrying me but I am
not sure that I want to do this. She is my cousin, (third cousin) and it
would cause a great scandal in my family if I married him. I love him but
my family has always come first. If we married I do not think I could
ever even come back here and face them. Besides that, if they got
divorced she would come back to live here and I would never be able to
live it down. Doctor Love, what should I do? I have never met a man who
makes me feel this way and I am afraid I will never meet another one. I
don't want to give him up but I love my family too. I need to make some
kind of a decision before they arrive. I am counting on your
This is really a very simple problem and is easy to
solve. What you are doing is wrong. Quit it and the problem will
immediately be solved. Let's face it; you are on a collision course with
disaster. You may have been lucky enough to get away with an affair on
this island for a month but the chances of doing it for two months are
very slim. You are going to get caught and then that fire you are playing
with will really burn you. Drop it. Now.
There are many more men who can make you feel all of
the same things that you feel for this one. As long as you are involved
with him you won't have a chance to meet them.
Dear Doctor Love,
There is a young child on this island who is not a
Belizean. The mother does drugs and the child is completely unsupervised.
He goes to bars and stays out until all hours of the night because no one
watches after him. If he was a Belizean child, I would call the police to
take care of this but he is from another country and I think they would
not do anything. Is there anyone who can do anything about this
/s/ Concerned Mother
It does not matter what nationality the child is. Call
Family Services Division at 02-77451. Their business is taking care of
problems of this nature. If they observe acts of neglect to children, it
is their duty to contact the proper authorities to get the problem
Dear Doctor Love,
Sometimes I have problems understanding whether
you are joking when you answer your letters or if you are being serious.
That business about driver's licenses last week is a good example. If it
is true that you can buy a license, I need to know who to contact. I want
a license but I do not feel like being bothered with studying for a test.
If a license is only $200 I would be willing to pay it. Who do I get in
It was no joke that in the recent past, word was on
the street that $200 would buy a license. It was no joke that there are
people on this island who are licensed to drive who cannot speak even
rudimentary English. The only way you can pass a written test in English
when you don't read English is to pay the person who is doing the
testing. As a result, we have idiots driving taxis and cars who have not
the slightest idea of what is meant
by right of way, they do not know
that a stop sign means stop and do not know that they are driving a big
dangerous vehicle that can kill or maim people.
Hopefully, the corrupt days of buying a license are
over. Now, we need to find a way to clean out the drivers who obtained a
license illegally. A good starting point would be to question the drivers
at check points, questions in English. If they don't speak English,
further investigation is in order.